WE’VE had an unusual case of five players with broken hands in the space of eight days at the club.
Michael Lourey fractured a finger and Scott Nelson broke a thumb early in the game against Subiaco on the weekend.
I think with the cold and numbing weather that day, they didn’t realise until after the game when they had warmed up in the shower.
Jordan Mills injured his hand while at the gym and Tyson Moulton broke a bone in his hand playing in the reserves on Saturday.
Lourey and Mills had surgery yesterday.
Add to that Joe Morrow, who had surgery to mend a metacarpal break after our game against Claremont, and we’ve had a whirlwind few days dealing with fractures.
We’ve had some tight battles with Peel over the last couple of seasons and expect the same again from them at Arena Joondalup on Saturday.
It would be nice if we could expect an easy win, but I doubt that will be the case.
They had nine Fremantle-listed players on the ground last week, but I would expect that to grow to 11 or 12 against us.
While Aaron Sandilands and Cam McCarthy are out for the Dockers, they’ve got a handful of players returning such as Stephen Hill, Connor Blakely, Danyle Pearce, Ed Langdon and Josh Deluca. As always, it’s a guessing game as to how many of that group will play in the WAFL.
We started really well against Subiaco, but didn’t make the most of our opportunities, kicking 1.5 in the first quarter.
You’ve got to captilise on those chances against good sides like the Lions.
In the end, that’s probably what cost us in the 6.11 (47) to 4.12 (36) loss at Arena Joondalup.